In 2017, the Mining Association of Canada added two new components to the TSM initiative to contribute to global efforts in preventing the use of child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed to demonstrate the responsible sourcing of minerals and metals.
As part of the TSM Guiding Principles, MAC members commit to respecting the rights of our workers and not engaging in practices of forced or child labour, as defined in ILO Conventions 29, 138 and 182.
The purpose of the verification protocol is to provide guidance on verification requirements regarding the prevention of child labour and forced labour. The protocol sets out the general approach taken to confirm that processes are in place to ensure that neither child nor forced labour as defined by ILO conventions are occurring at TSM participating facilities.
Unique to this protocol, the requirements for the TSM Prevention of Child and Forced Labour Protocol are assessed every three years as part of the external verification process.